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Five things - Rooster v Eels, Round Six

The Parramatta Eels face the Sydney Roosters for the first time in over a year, as they look to continue their undefeated 2020 season.

Both sides are coming off three straight wins (five for the Eels), so which team will run away victorious in Round Six at Bankwest Stadium.

Here are five things you need to know about the clash.

Both sides look to continue winning run.

Since returning from the COVID-19 forced season suspension, both the Eels and Roosters have enjoyed stellar re-starts to their NRL campaigns.

Both teams have gone three from three since the re-boot, with Parramatta still undefeated for the season, winning all five of their games.

The Roosters lost their first two games of the season.

The six again rule seems to suit both the tri colours and the Blue and Gold.

It will be interesting to see which outfit makes the most of the rule when they face off.

The Roosters have won seven of their past nine games against the Eels.

First time Eels go to ‘away’ sheds

While the Eels have played ‘away’ games at their home Bankwest Stadium before, this is the first time they will reside in the away sheds.

Both fit outs are the same, but it will be a different feeling for the Blue and Gold.

The limited crowd will be made up of Roosters supporters, but it’s the Eels who know Bankwest better than any other team.

So, which team really has the upper hand?

Former Roosters face old team wearing Blue & Gold

Three former Roosters will line up against their old club, wearing the Blue and Gold.

Blake Ferguson was the most recent departure from the tri colours in 2018, while Ryan Matterson and Michael Jennings also played for the opposition in previous years.

How hungry will they be to get one up on their former club?

Michael Jennings looks to score milestone try

Veteran centre Michael Jennings is looking to make history and become just the 13th player in premiership history to score 150 NRL tries.

He scored 37 of those with Parramatta and the rest with his former clubs, the Roosters and Panthers.

If he crosses for a try on Saturday night, it will coincidentally be against the Roosters.

Team changes

The Eels are without prop Kane Evans due to suspension.

20-year-old Oregon Kaufusi will replace him on the bench; his second first grade appearance this season.

The Roosters welcome the return of prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, with Lindsay Collins returning to the bench.

Sam Verrills also joins the interchange bench for Mitch Aubusson.

Acknowledgement of Country

Parramatta Eels respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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